On Security

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The idea of global security has taken on new meaning in the post-Cold War world, compelling analysts of international relations to reassess the military, political, and cultural issues that intersect with the notion of security. On Security represents a wide range of views on shifting concepts of security at the turn of the millennium, when the tangible, bipolar arrangement of the Cold War-era world system no longer exists. Unlike much work in the field, the essays in this volume do not take the state for granted as the referent object of security. Contributors probe deeper, asking what it really is that we imagine needs securing: the international system? the nation-state? culture? On Security inquires further into what constitutes security: protection against enemies? suppression of a particular ethnic or religious group? insulation against economic competitors? And finally, contributors look into how ideas about security enter the realm of public debate and become institutionalized in organizations and policies: are they based on tangible, objective threats, or do they arise from psychological and emotional attitudes about feared enemies? Ranging in perspective from neorealist to postmodernist to constructivist, the essays in On Security attempt to find answers and to come to grips with some of the dilemmas confronting the idea of security today. The contributors to On Security - Barry Buzan, Beverly Crawford, James Der Derian, Daniel Deudney, Pearl-Alice Marsh, Ole Wever, and Ronnie D. Lipschutz - offer a thought-provoking overview of the ongoing debate about the nature of political reality and international relations.
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Although the authors, who divide into three schools of international relations—realist, neorealist, and constructivist—primarily address the academic community, they draw from current international crises to illustrate their analyses and explore how ideas about security enter the realm of political debate and become institutionalized in organizations and practices.
Essays address the concept of national and international security with questions on what is being secured, what constitutes the condition of security, how ideas about security develop, and whether the practices of security can still be applied in the post-Cold War era as they were between 1947 and 1991. Other topics include the nature of relations between states, grassroots statecraft and citizens' challenges to US national security policy, and international economic interdependence. Two of the eight essays have been published previously. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231102711
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1995
  • Series: New Directions in World Politics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 0.58 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Contributors
1 On Security 1
2 The Value of Security: Hobbes, Marx, Nietzsche, and Baudrillard 24
3 Securitization and Desecuritization 46
4 Political Fission: State Structure, Civil Society, and Nuclear Weapons in the United States 87
5 Grassroots Statecraft and Citizens' Challenges to U.S. National Security Policy 124
6 Hawks, Doves, but no Owls: International Economic Interdependence and Construction of the New Security Dilemma 149
7 Security, the State, the "New World Order," and Beyond 187
8 Negotiating the Boundaries of Difference and Security at Millennium's End 212
Index 229
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